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Solicitors and Barristers in England protest over Legal Aid cuts

In a move that has been reported in various parts media in a number of Solicitors and Barristers in England and Wales refused to attend Courts across the jurisdiction on the morning of the 06th January 2014. The reasons for doing so related to the proposed 30% cuts to Legal Aid fees about to be introduced by the government in criminal cases. There are also great concerns about the large number of categories of cases where Legal Aid will no longer be available. Both sides of the legal profession are concerned that the cuts will mean the most vulnerable and disadvantaged will be deprived of legal assistance and the reduced rate of pay will mean very few legal practitioners will be able to continue to practice in criminal law and the remaining areas.

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